Wenatchee National Forests\’ Management Plans

CaptureBy: Deborah Kelly, USFS

We are making progress in revising the Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests\’ management plans. Forest plans are revised to address ecological and social changes, as well as new scientific information on the Forests. Revising a forest plan is a complex, multi-year task. This year we are concentrating on writing a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and plans for each Forest.

A series of public meetings/open houses are planned to share information about the alternatives and comment process. Following a 90-day comment period, comments received will be reviewed followed by preparation and release of a final EIS, targeted for winter 2014. A final decision is expected to be signed and implementation of the new plans to begin spring 2015.

On June 30, 2011, the Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests released their proposed actions, which initiated the formal NEPA process. We received many comments on the Proposed Action during the 90-day comment period that ended on September 28, 2011.

Public comments helped us to determine the significant issues that we use to create alternatives to the Proposed Action. Those are Old Forest Management, Motorized Recreation Trails, Road Access, Preliminarily Administratively Recommended Wilderness, Livestock Grazing, Wildlife, Riparian and Aquatic Resource Management. A Comment Summary report that further describes the significant issues has been posted to the project website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/plan-revision

Please visit the project website for more information. Meeting notes from earlier public collaboration steps, new scientific technical reports, briefing papers, public comment summaries, and process information can be found on the plan revision website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/plan-revision.

NEWZ Plan Revision\’s Suggested \’Summer Reading List\’\’”check out these new posts to the Reading Room to learn about what\’s new in ecological forestry.

· Restoring Forest Resilience- Journal Ecology Management (2012)

· Restoration Framework for Federal Forests in the PNW- Journal of Forestry (2012)

· Natural Disturbance and Stand Development Principles for Ecological Forestry (2007)

Questions, or to update your contact information, please contact the Plan Revision Team:

Mailing Address
Forest Plan Revision Team
1240 Second Ave. South
Okanogan, WA 98840
E-mails can be sent to: : r6_ewzplanrevision@fs.fed.us
Website: fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/plan-revision

Plan Revision Team Contact:
Deborah L. Kelly- Public Affairs Specialist
Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee NF\’s
Forest Plan Revision Team
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Office: (509) 664-9247
E-mail: dlkelly@fs.fed.us

Web: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/plan-revision
Project Inbox: r6_ewzplanrevision@fs.fed.us
Twitter: www.twitter.com/OkaWenNF

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